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Thank You Thursdays

Purse strings are tight this year – but the friendly folk down at St Christopher’s Place can sympathise. In fact, they don’t just sympathise – they’d like to reward you. Head to the quaint little corner off Oxford Street every Thursday during the month of November, and you’ll be met with treats. An example: on the very first Thursday (3rd November),  St Christopher’s Place will officially switch on its Christmas lights display, which will resemble giant light reflective silver spheres that will illuminate the surrounding buildings. After that, late-night shoppers will be ‘thanked’ with Christmas Carols, and nearby shops Ghost and […]

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Bubbly bar for the Old Vic Tunnels

Did you know? The Old Vic Tunnels are looking for a new ‘concept’ bar – and they’re asking YOU to draw it into life. By the end of this week, the The Old Vic Tunnels Underground Artists Scheme will have hopefully received a winning idea by an emerging, talented designer, after having encouraged just about anyone to come forward and flex their artistic muscles on their new project. The deadline on this offer closes on 28th October. The bar will take inspiration from the ‘creative heritage’ of bubbly makers, Veuve Clicquot (with whom the cavernous tunnels under Waterloo Station have joined […]

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Winter at County Hall

The mercury’s dropped and you’re probably already looking forward to the return of Eggnog Lattes. But you might want to try a different sort of tipple once the pre-Christmas parade comes to town: the Winter Cocktails at the Marriott County Hall Hotel. From December 1st, the baristas will be treating their guests to the likes of … The Victorian Cocktail,  a blend of Hendrick’s gin, fresh pineapple, lemon juice, Elderflower syrup, peppermint and lemongrass tea for £9.50, The Georgian Cocktail, a mix of Tanqueray gin shaken with Elderflower syrup, oranges and Chamomile tea for £9.50, and so on. If that […]

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Grayson takes the Maison

We loved the Tracey Emin exhibition at Louis Vuitton’s Bond Street Maison in conjunction with her show at the Hayward Gallery earlier this year and now it’s the turn of Grayson Perry. The new installation coincides with the Turner Prize winning artist’s The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum combining his own works with objects from across the museum’s collection and exploring themes connected with notions of craftsmanship and sacred journeys – from shamanism, magic and holy relics to motorbikes, identity and contemporary culture. Centrepiece at Vuitton is a LV trunk – ornately adorned with images of […]

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Pudding Parlour at The Athenaeum

It’s. Officially. Cold. So cold in fact that even an invitation to Pink Berry is likely to meet with a frosty reception. So it’s lucky that the pudding bar trend is on its uppers. Enter The Athenaeum’s new Pudding Parlour, launching next week. Open every evening except Sunday in The Athenaeum?s Garden Room, the menu will consist of an array of treats, cakes and tarts with monthly changing specials created by new it-baker-boy, Edd Kimber aka The Boy Who Bakes. To accompany the exquisite puddings on offer, an extensive menu of delicious pudding wines – all of which have been […]

Openings & Launches

Kitchen Joel Antunes

We’ve already reported on that Parisian landmark boite Le Baron is setting up a London outpost on the site of London’s Embassy club. But while details of the boite itself are still somewhat sketchy, we now know that chef Joël Antunès will launch Kitchen Joël Antunès, a dazzling restaurant in the same building. A complete refurb is currently underway with the new 95-seat ground-floor restaurant, complete with extended 40-seat terrace due to open in early November. The interior will be all mid-20th century Riviera glamour with classic French patterned limestone tile flooring, a Carrera marble topped bar and leather seating […]

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Winter at The Summerhouse

Little Venice’s The Summerhouse may have started life as a summer pop-up and offshoot of First Restaurant Group’s The Waterway but it’s become such a West London staple that it’s now to remain open all year round, transforming itself into a warm and welcoming haven to stave off the cold months ahead. The new winter menu retains a fishy theme with its catch of the day specials, starters of Popcorn shrimp and Seared scallops with cauliflower puree and spiced pakoras and mains of  Roast rump of lamb, roasted garlic mash and green beans, Beer-battered haddock and chips and that famous […]

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Powder Keg Diplomacy

The newest addition to the Lost Group stable (Lost Society, Lost Angel, Citizen Smith, Blind Tiger) is Powder Keg Diplomacy on St John’s Hill in Clapham – its colonial-style setting matched with Victorian influenced concoctions. Head chef Warren Beesely and libations maestros Murray Slater and Matt Roberts are the trio behind the new venture and dedicated to celebrating British food, wines, spirits, beers and ales. Their manifesto? “honouring tradition whilst subverting convention.” Which probably explains the giant map of the world stretching across the ceiling and the 3D antelope sculpture coming to life from within an oil painting on the […]

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Pommeroy POP Art

Frieze Art Fair may be over and done with for another year but if you couldn’t afford any of the creative on offer you can still grab a bit of the arty action with the fair’s official Champagne sponsor Champagne Pommery’s collector’s set.     The marque has collaborated with Chilean artist, Federica Matta to produce a collection of limited edition bottles printed with real works of art and Matta has been commissioned to create a series of six colourful illustrations for its POP range. Each bottle depicts a fantasy scene featuring mermaids, flying hearts and smiling suns. The artist […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A New Chapter for Kensington Place

Ahead of its 25 birthday, Notting Hill hotspot Kensington Place has just reopened following a fabulous redesign to its interior. The grand refurb overseen by British Designer Polly Dickens (The Conran Shop) sees a beautiful black and white tiled floor, a distinctive handmade wire sculpted shoal of fish across the rear wall, custom made communal table and banquette seating and fish shaped water jugs for the tables. Look carefully at that trademark mural for a few surprise additions to reflect Kensington Place's new direction. A new menu from recently appointed head chef Dan Loftin will celebrate the best of British […]

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The HIFF

The HIFF, you say? What’s that? You’ll duly discover its meaning at the beginning of November because that’s when HIFF – aka the Henley International Film Festival – hits London’s riverbanks. The Cinema Cube – replete with comfy bean bags – will be where Henley’s films are to be shown. (Scheduled films include What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Delicatessen, Fried Green Tomatoes, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Julie & Julia, including others). Have you noticed the food theme? That’s intentional, for Henley Film Festival (founded by commercials and documentary filmmaker Richard Truter in 2009) also prides itself on its close connection to all things culinary, and while the films […]

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Bonkers Ball

Looks like Mahiki’s Treasure Chest isn’t the only uber luxe sharing cocktail on the block. W London’s Wyld club has just unveiled brand new rival, the Bonker’s Ball! Appearing from under the red glow emanating from the bar, it’s served in a cut mirror ball – the mini me version of the mother ship hanging from the ceiling. Designed for six people to share (though fewer are, of course, allowed as well) it contains SantaTeresa Gran Reserva rum and other spirits mixed with splashes of orange and pineapple and charged with a cascade of chilled Moët & Chandon Champagne. However, […]

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